The Information Analytical Edition Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
Jewish Confederation of Ukraine The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
13/16 November 2001
5762 Kheshvan
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The General Assembly of the World Jewish Congress (WEC) was held from October 30 to November 1 in Jerusalem
LOST
TORAH
Neither citizenship and nationality, nor the country of residence and ethnic origin, nor the language and the topic. None of them is the universal factor that undoubtedly determines that a certain author belongs to a certain culture, especially to the Jewish one.
JEWISH AMBASSADOR
OF UKRAINE
The Ukrainian delegation to the USA headed by A. Kinakh held meetings with representatives of the USA Jewish community. They spoke about the situation and Jewish life in Ukraine.
SINISTER
ANECDOTE
The initial official version of the Ukrainian military about their non-involvement in the incident was hardly believable at once. One could wonder what they would say when everything was cleared up.

EASTERN EUROPE

Estonia. The solemn ceremony of carrying the Torah scroll into the central Estonia synagogue took place on October 24 in Tallinn. The Tallinn religious community - the oldest in Europe - hadn't had its own Torah scroll since the war, because all the scrolls disappeared during World War II.

At the same time some suspicious tendencies have been observed in the country . The re-burying of the SS soldier Alfonse Rebane in Tallinn received wide publicity. "The re-burying of Rebane became not a private affair of his family, but was carried out by Defense Forces of Estonia", - the Jewish community stated.

"Komsomolskaya Pravda"

Czechia. A missile launcher was found near the Praga airport a month ago. As the left-wing newspaper "Pravo" informed, the unknown terrorists meant to shoot down an Israeli plane. The newspaper makes reference to "well-informed sources". Most likely, the target was one of the planes of the Israeli company El Al.

A conference on human rights was held in Prague in the middle of October. It was attended by the ex-President of the USA Bill Clinton, the Iraq dissident Mohammed Ali and the Foreign Minister of Israel Shimon Peres.

Today it is still unknown who was the owner of the weapon and who took it to the airport.

7:40

Lithuania. About a year ago the Lithuanian government expressed its readiness to return 370 Torah scrolls, preserved since the Holocaust, to Jewish communities. American Jewish Congress, organization "Bney Brit" and the European Rabbi Council were among the candidates for the scrolls. Rabbi Mikhael Melhior, Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, who handles relations with the diaspora, arranged that there would be a special combined committee of "inheritance candidates" for distribution of scrolls.

However, the Minister of Culture of Lithuania Mrs.Dobidneyne said that the Torah scrolls are a part of common property of the Lithuanian people, that is why they were decided to be left on their "native land". If anything is decided to be distributed among Jewish communities at all, it will be done by a local committee, consisting of 13 people (including only 2 Jews).

Meanwhile the distribution of Torah scrolls according to the Lithuanian scenario has been temporary suspended. This was achieved after the intrusion of the USA Ambassador in Lithuania and the Lithuania Ambassador in the USA.

"Delovoy Israil"

Czechia. Mikhal Zhyvko, the publisher of the first full translation of Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" in Czech, was sentenced to three years of probation for Nazism propaganda. Besides the probation, he is to pay a big fine - about $55 thousand. In his turn, the accused immediately lodged an appeal.

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